Sabtu, 28 Februari 2015


By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Feb 28 (Antara) - The Indonesian government will carry out a study to find out whether there is something lacking in its education system that the number of youths committing street crimes against motorists has been increasing of late.
         Since early this month, the number of crimes committed by relatively young people against motorists has been increasing. The latest case took place in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, Banten, where a mugger was burnt to death by an angry mob after he tried to rob a couple of motorists on Tuesday.
         Following the Pondok Aren incident, the issue of mugging, wherein people on motorcycles are mostly targeted, has put the spotlight on security in Jakarta and its surrounding areas this week.
         The incident occurred at 1 a.m. when four individuals were allegedly on the prowl to rob motorists. The gang attacked Wahyu Hidayat (21) and his friend, Sri Astriani (19), while they were traveling on their motorcycle.
         One of the robbers brandished a sword but Sri managed to snatch the weapon while Wahyu screamed for help, attracting passersby. The four robbers then tried to flee the scene but were chased. One of them, S (22), was caught and set on fire on a street.

Jumat, 27 Februari 2015


By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, Feb 28 (Antara) - Police officers have been ordered to shoot at sight muggers and extend strong assistance to victims of mugging, following the growing incidence of robberies targeting motorcycle riders in Jakarta's suburbs and satellite towns.
        The Jakarta Metropolitan Police recently shot dead seven robbers, who had reportedly hijacked 93 motorists, and taken into custody 244 suspects.
        "Mugging victims badly need police assistance because they are facing a difficult situation due to these incidents. The victims, among other things, also need letters from the police that are used for claiming insurance," Abdul Haris Semendawai, the chairman of the Victims and Witness Protection Institute (LPSK) said on Friday.
        Robberies targeting motorcyclists have been on the rise and the muggers are now focusing their area of operations in the Jakarta suburbs or buffer towns, such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi. However, this crime is also taking place in other provinces in the country.


 By Andi Abdussalam  
         Jakarta, Feb 27 (Antara) - Amid the increasing rice prices due to alleged acts of rice mafia, the price of three-kilogram cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is also on the rise in various regions.
        The increase in prices of these two commodities are not caused by the shortage of stocks in the market but allegedly caused by distributors or retailers who have orchestrated the conditions to reap more benefits.
         In reality, when state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina conducted market operations, it was found that there was no scarcity of stocks in the field.
        Thus, the shortage of LPG in several regions is believed to be caused by retailers who are deliberately withholding gas stocks, noted Ahmad Bambang, the marketing director of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina.
        "Retailers want to make more profits by creating a situation that gives the impression that Pertamina has been holding back its stocks," he stated here on Thursday.
         After launching market operations, Pertamina has uncovered that only 10 percent of the gas offered during the operations was sold.

Rabu, 25 Februari 2015


By Andi Abdussalam    
          Jakarta, Feb 25 (Antara) - The price of rice, a staple food in the country with a population of over 240 million, has been on the rise since early this month.
         At the Cipinang Rice Wholesale Market in Jakarta, the rice prices have risen beyond control. On Tuesday, the price increased by an average of Rp2,200 per kg. While moderate quality rice was sold at Rp10,200 per kg, premium rice price rose from Rp10,000 per kg to Rp12,000 a kg.
         At the Kebon Kembang market of Bogor, a satellite town of Jakarta in West Java, rice prices increased by about Rp1,000 to Rp2,000 per kg. The lowest priced-rice, previously sold at Rp6,500 per kg, was sold at Rp6,500 per kg on Tuesday. At the same time, good quality rice cost Rp12,500 per kg, up by about Rp1,500 to Rp2,000 per kg compared to December 2014 and January 2015 prices.
         In order to help curb the upward trend of rice prices, Vice President Jusuf Kalla has called on the state logistics board (Bulog) to conduct rice market operations.
         "I have told Bulog to release 400 thousand tons of rice in the market. In case this falls short, Bulog should distribute 500 thousand tons. We hope we will have a grand harvest next month. So there should be no worry about rice scarcity in the market," the Vice President said.

Selasa, 24 Februari 2015


 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Feb 24 (Antara) -- A free flow of goods, people and services will characterize the launch of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year.
         Infrastructure facilities such as roads, airports and seaports will be some of the key factors that will play important roles in the ASEAN free trade. Therefore, Indonesia is developing its infrastructure, particularly in regions that will face the AEC.
         So far, enterprises have complained about the lack of adequate infrastructure to carry out businesses in the regions. The availability of good infrastructure will facilitate a smooth flow of goods and services across the country, boost economic activities and increase economic growth.
         According to Suhariyanto, the deputy chief of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), the government's economic growth target of 5.7 percent for 2015 will depend on infrastructure development.
         "As we have overcome the subsidy burden, we have funds to develop our infrastructure. So the target of 5.7 percent will largely depend on the use of funds to develop infrastructure," Suhariyanto said recently.

Sabtu, 21 Februari 2015


By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, Feb 21 (Antara) -- The execution of drug convicts given the death penalty in Indonesia is a matter of law enforcement, similar to the execution of terrorists, which is required to fight crimes that threaten the lives of people.
         In keeping with this belief, Indonesia has to be consistent and firm with regard to upholding its legal principles without bowing down to political or diplomatic pressures.
         However, as the convicts on death row include foreign nationals as well, Indonesia is facing resistance from their home countries. Therefore, the execution of these convicts could result in strained relations with the countries.
         In spite of this possibility, analysts believe the strain in relations will only last temporarily. In this case, the problem could affect the political sphere and sovereignty of the country.
        The Indonesian government's plan to execute 11 death row convicts, which include foreigners, two of whom are Australian nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, has drawn resistance overseas, particularly from Australia 

Jumat, 20 Februari 2015


 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, Feb 20 (Antara) - The death last week of two patients after being administered Bunavest Spinal in Siloam Hospital in Tangerang, Banten, prompted the government to order the withdrawal of the anesthetic drug from all pharmaceutical industry traders.
         "We ordered the recall of four kinds of anesthetics from all pharmaceutical industry traders across the country," Health Minister Nila F Moeloek said on Friday.
         The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency BPOM has also suspended since Tuesday the distribution permit of Buvanest Spinal, the anesthetic produced by Kalbe Farma following the death of the two patients.
         According to corporate communications general manager of Siloam, Heppi Nurfianto, the two patients were injected with Buvanest Spinal before undergoing a caesarian section and urology surgeries on Feb. 11.  They were taken to the ICU for treatment but died the next day.
         "We are awaiting results of the investigation first. We have made sure that we had done [the surgery] based on procedures," Heppi was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying on Wednesday.
         Health Minister Nila F Moeloek said her ministry was still investigating the death of the two patients.